See also Section 7, Module 1.
By using the same integration approach, but over the range 2E0 to E, one obtains by comparing cross-sections that half of the inelastic collisions of the incident electrons produce electrons with kinetic energy greater than E0.
These secondary electrons are capable of breaking bonds with binding energy E0 at some distance away from the original collision.
Additionally, they can generate additional, lower energy electrons, resulting in an electron cascade. Hence, it is important to recognize the significant contribution of secondary electrons to the spread of the energy deposition.
In general, for a molecule AB: The cross-section for electron attachment is inversely proportional to electron energy at high energies, but approaches a maximum limiting value at zero energy. This is limited mainly by aberrations and space charge.
However, the feature resolution limit is determined not by the beam size but by forward scattering or effective beam broadening in the resistwhile the pitch resolution limit is determined by secondary electron travel in the resist.
The use of double patterning allowed the spacing between features to be wide enough for the secondary electron scattering to be significantly reduced.
The forward scattering can be decreased by using higher energy electrons or thinner resist, but the generation of secondary electrons is inevitable. It is now recognized that for insulating materials like PMMAlow energy electrons can travel quite a far distance several nm is possible.
This is due to the fact that below the ionization potential the only energy loss mechanism is mainly through phonons and polarons.
Furthermore dielectric breakdown discharge is possible. This leads to exposure of areas at a significant distance from the desired exposure location. For thicker resists, as the primary electrons move forward, they have an increasing opportunity to scatter laterally from the beam-defined location.
This scattering is called forward scattering. Sometimes the primary electrons are scattered at angles exceeding 90 degrees, i. These electrons are called backscattered electrons and have the same effect as long-range flare in optical projection systems. A large enough dose of backscattered electrons can lead to complete exposure of resist over an area much larger than defined by the beam spot.
Proximity effect[ edit ] The smallest features produced by electron-beam lithography have generally been isolated features, as nested features exacerbate the proximity effectwhereby electrons from exposure of an adjacent region spill over into the exposure of the currently written feature, effectively enlarging its image, and reducing its contrast, i.
Hence, nested feature resolution is harder to control. However, it must be remembered that an error in the applied dose e. Charging[ edit ] Since electrons are charged particles, they tend to charge the substrate negatively unless they can quickly gain access to a path to ground.
For a high-energy beam incident on a silicon wafer, virtually all the electrons stop in the wafer where they can follow a path to ground.
However, for a quartz substrate such as a photomaskthe embedded electrons will take a much longer time to move to ground. Often the negative charge acquired by a substrate can be compensated or even exceeded by a positive charge on the surface due to secondary electron emission into the vacuum.
However, they are of limited use due to their high sheet resistance, which can lead to ineffective grounding. Hence, resist-substrate charging is not repeatable and is difficult to compensate consistently.
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